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THIS WEEK: June 28 to July 4, 2013


Xterra Race, the fifth in a series of races through local parks. Gouldsboro State Park, Route 507, Tobyhanna. Saturday with registration at 9 a.m. and race at 10 a.m. 894-8336.


Family Fishing Festival, basic fishing skills for age 5 and older with equipment, bait and tackle provided. No license required. Pine Pavilion, Lackawanna State Park, Dalton. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration: 945-7011.


Know Your Wildflowers, indoor and outdoors sessions using “Newcomb’s Field Guide to Wildflowers.” Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


Small Mammals, an in-depth look at mice, moles, voles and shrews using live specimens and taxidermy mounts. Also: an evening study of bats and their echolocation calls. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. $30. 828-2319 or peec.org.


A Symphony of Cicadas, a program on the natural history of these loud little insects. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 p.m. Saturday. 696-9105.


Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, the outdoor skills and ethics program that teaches how to use the outdoors responsibly. Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free but registration required: 403-2006.


Tannersville Cranberry Bog Walk, a 2.5-hour exploration of the northern boreal bog with novel plant and insect life. Meet at the Bog parking lot, Cherry Lane Road, off Route 611, Tannersville. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 11. $6. Registration: 629-3061.


Nature Arts and Crafts in the Park, painting, recycling, exploring and other fun activities. Wear old clothes. Falls Pavilion, Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon through Aug. 28. 676-0567.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Reservations: 676-0567.


Bernie’s Memorial Run and Walk, the 30th annual three-mile event in honor of the former YMCA executive director Bernie Hargadon. Beginning at West Market and South River streets, continuing through residential neighborhoods in South Wilkes-Barre and finishing at Public Square. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. Thursday with registration 7 a.m. at the YMCA, walk and Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. and run at 9:10 a.m. $20. 208-9622.


Keystone Active Zone Passport, a free program that encourages people to get outside and active at more than 30 local parks, trails and outdoor events in Luzerne County. Earn awards and win prizes by exploring the county and logging your discoveries through Sept. 30. Join anytime by registering at KAZpassport.com or call 823-2191.


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Women’s Getaway Weekend, with wine-tasting, campfires, yoga classes, seated massages, guided nature walks, archery, kayaking, swimming, quiet time, ropes course, climbing tower, zip line and more. Age 21 and older. Camp St. Andrew, Oxbow Lake, Tunkhannock. July 5 to 7. $140 includes meals, housing and all activities. Registration: 240-3444.


Celebration with a Bang, a family nature getaway weekend with nature hikes, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, fireworks, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. July 5 to 8. $210 includes lodging, meals and activities. Reservations: 828-2319.


Pocono Snake and Animal Farm, with an exhibit of live small animals. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7:30 p.m. July 6. 696-9105.


Stony Creek Hike, eight difficult miles with a small stream crossing. Meet at the Sears Automotive Center parking lot, Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre Township. 9:45 a.m. July 7. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 283-1312.


Weather Tracking from Your Own Back Yard: Make a barometer and dew-point gauge. Materials provided. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. July 7. 967-7275.


Poconos Naturally: Where the Brodhead Begins, a guided hike to explore the wildlife and wild landscapes of Brodhead Creek and its tributaries. Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 1 to 4:30 p.m. July 7. $5. Registration: 629-3061.


Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. July 13. Free. 675-9900.


Rooster Run, a 5K cross-country race and walk through the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm past ponds, pastures, apple orchards and historical buildings on varying surfaces. Followed by the 7th annual Music in the Valley with old-fashioned traditional music. 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. July 13 with race at 9 a.m. and music 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 992-6161.


Hawk Mountain Grand Reopening, with new and expanded facilities, modern technology, new exhibits and green features. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, 1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. July 13 with ribbon cutting at noon and free nature programs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details at hawkmountain.org.


Frog Frolic, a fun morning at the ponds and streams learning about and catching amphibians. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 13; 10 a.m. to noon July 14. $5. 828-2319.


Winged Wonders, all about hummingbirds. Campground Amphitheater, Frances Slocum State Park, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 7 to 8 p.m. July 13. 696-9105.


Kayak the Susquehanna River, a three-hour paddle from Harding to West Pittston to learn about stream ecology and wildlife along the river. Meet at the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. July 14 at 8:30 a.m. with trip beginning at 10 a.m. $50 single kayak; $65 tandem; $15 with no rental. 654-9847.


Frances Slocum State Park Hike, four easy miles. Meet at the park office, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 12:45 p.m. July 14. Followed by blueberry picking at Smith’s Farm. Bring containers. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 288-2733.


Organic Gardening Workshop, discussions on organic gardening, seed saving and other creative gardening methods. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. July 15. Registration: 654-9847.


Wiffle Ball and Horseshoe Tournament, sponsored by the Backyard Wiffle Ball League, 345 Madison St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. July 20 with registration deadline July 13. $10. Proceeds benefit Fallen Officers Remembered. 704-8344.


Brady’s Lake Paddle, a level-three kayaking adventure for experienced paddlers, ages 16 and older. Meet at Brady’s Lake parking area, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1:30 p.m. July 17. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 17. Reservations: 676-0567.


Tamarack Trail Hike, a trek through the woods to learn about coniferous trees. Meet at the Wheaton House, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 10 a.m. July 20. 967-7275.


Reptiles and Snakes. Join the naturalists from Carbon County Environmental Education Center and get a closeup look at the black rat snake, eastern ribbon snake and corn snake. Wild Birds Unlimited, Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 1 p.m. July 20. Free. 675-9900.


Loyalsock Trail Hike, eight moderate miles. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 9:45 a.m. July 21. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Summer Canoe Paddle, beginners welcome. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 21. $5. Reservations: 828-2319.


Wild Edibles, a hike focusing on nature’s foodstuffs. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 10 a.m. to noon July 27. $10. Call to reserve a seat in the van. 828-2319.


Tuscarora State Park Hike, seven moderate miles with optional cable crossing (or bring water shoes). Meet at the Park and Ride, Route 309 near Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre. 11:45 a.m. July 28. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 645-9617.


Butterfly Walk through the fields and around the ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. July 28. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Kayak: Level One, an introductory lesson to learn basic paddling skills. Ages 16 and older. Meet at Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 11 a.m. July 31. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Kayak: Level Two, a lesson focusing on self-rescue and boat-over-boat rescue. Ages 16 and older. Meet at Lake Frances, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. July 31. Free. Registration: 403-2006.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. July 31. Reservations: 676-0567.


Dog Days of Summer, a family nature getaway weekend with nature hikes, animal presentations, fishing, canoeing, crafts, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Aug. 2 to 4. $195 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


Hemlock Trail Hike, a walk through the old-growth forest to the deer exclosure fence. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 7 p.m. Aug. 3. 967-7275.


Ricketts Glen State Park Hike, 8.5 moderate miles on a variety of trails. Meet at the Dallas Shopping Center, Memorial Highway. 10:45 a.m. Aug. 4. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 655-4979.


Delaware Canoe Trip, a leisurely, two-day, 20-mile river paddle on the Delaware River from Dingmans Ferry to Smithfield Beach. With river interpretation by environmental educators, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, camping and a night hike. Free tent rentals. Aug. 13-14. $100 includes watercraft rental, four meals and all activities. Pre-trip information session 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg. Registration: 629-3061.


Pauly Friedman Family 5K Walk and Run, the fifth annual event to benefit the Family Service Association. Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. Aug. 11 with registration at 8:30 a.m. and race at 9:30 a.m. $25. Walk-ups accepted on race day. Registration: 823-5144.


Mountain Springs Lake Hike, nine moderate miles. Meet behind the bank building, Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. 10:45 a.m. Aug. 11. Bring lunch and water. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 825-7200.


Sunday for Singles, a hike to explore nature and meet new people. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11. Free. 828-2319.


Perseids Meteor Shower, the annual light show of falling stars. Bring a blanket or chair, binoculars or telescopes. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11. 967-7275.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Reservations: 676-0567.


Birding at Frances Slocum State Park, a leisurely walk to seek out songbirds. Meet in the parking lot of the Environmental Education Center and Boat Rental, 565 Mount Olivet Road, Kingston Township. 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Free. 675-9900.


Women in the Woods, a girls-only weekend with nature hike, canoeing, yoga, astronomy, campfires and more. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Aug. 17 and 18. $99 includes yurt lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


CCC Reunion and Festival, the annual celebration of the Civilian Conservation Corps with music, geocaching, crafting, art, dancing, food, interpretive talks, the Blacksmith Shop, Masker Museum, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. 676-3428.


Cliff Trail Hike, a strenuous hike to learn about vernal pools. Bring a lunch. Meet at the Buckley Road parking lot, Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. Aug. 17. 967-7275.


Dragonfly Walk through the fields and ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Frog Frenzy, learning about amphibians while catching and releasing them. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. $5. 828-2319.


Bulldozer Trail Hike, seven difficult miles at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at the lower parking lot on Route 118, Sweet Valley. 12:45 p.m. Aug. 18. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 346-8010.


Full Moon Bike and Bonfire, around the roads bordering the park. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 6 p.m. Aug. 21. Free. 967-7275.


Butterfly Walk through the fields and ponds with naturalist David Trently. Pocono Environmental Education Center, 537 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 24. $5. Registration: 828-2319.


Falls Trail Hike, seven difficult miles at Ricketts Glen State Park. Meet at the lower parking lot, Route 118, Sweet Valley. 12:45 p.m. Aug. 25. Sponsored by the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club. 256-9743.


Mushrooms and Mycilia, a discussion, slide show and trail walk to learn about fungi. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 1 p.m. Aug. 25. 967-7275.


Family Fishing Program, basic skills including casting, baiting, knot tying and more. Free equipment and bait provided. Promised Land State Park, 100 Lower Lake Road, Greentown. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. Reservations: 676-0567.


Family Nature Getaway Weekend, with hiking, animal presentations, swimming, canoeing, tie-dye, campfires and more. Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. $210 includes lodging and meals. Reservations: 828-2319.


Salt Springs Celebration, with activities for all ages, music, exhibits, live animals and more. Salt Springs State Park, Silver Creek Road, Franklin Forks. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31. 967-7275.

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